Plant reproduction

  • How-To

    The Science Behind Plant Division

    Divide to multiply. Even the language of this common garden practice hints at its paradoxical power. Division is a simple method of vegetative propagation that involves separating a perennial plant…

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    Keep Your Veggie Garden Going

    Most gardeners are used to growing or buying spring seedlings to establish their vegetable gardens. But what happens when spring is over and early crops have been harvested? After the…

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    Caring for Plant Roots: What You Need to Know

    Roots are often overlooked by gardeners but deserve to get more attention. Of course, they are usually underground and out of sight, so it’s somewhat understandable why they are largely…

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    Fast-Growing Vegetable Varieties for Short-Season Regions

    Gardening in regions with cool, short summers like the Pacific Northwest and northern New England can create challenging conditions for heat-loving crops. For folks in the extreme South, heat can…

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    Native Perennials to Start from Seed

    Growing native perennials from seed is easier than you might imagine. If you choose species that are adapted to your climate and growing conditions, it’s likely that you can start…

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    The Best Fruit For Containers

    Fruit trees and shrubs, unlike many other edibles, can take up a lot of space when grown in the ground. An average semidwarf apple tree, for example, takes up anywhere…

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    You Can Eat That!

    For years we’ve seen flowers used as garnishes. Peppery nasturtium flowers (Tropaeolum spp. and cvs., annual) add a nice bite to salads, and violets (Viola spp. and cvs., USDA Hardiness…

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    Seed Saving Made Simple

    For most of today’s gardeners, the growing season begins with a spring seed catalog. But for those who save seeds from year to year, the next growing season begins as…

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    Plants That Keep On Giving

    One of the first rules that novice gardeners are ordered to abide by is the necessity of using—and, hence, buying—a minimum of three of the same plant. For aesthetics’ sake,…

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    An Easy Way to Get More Dahlias

    There are two ways to grow hybrid dahlias (Dahlia cvs., USDA Hardiness Zones 9–11): by planting tubers or by growing plants from cuttings. Both methods will produce healthy plants and…